Despite another frustrating loss to their daddies, aka the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears still made it into the playoffs. Despite that, this team still needs to make changes.
The Chicago Bears made the playoffs, let’s celebrate! Despite suffering another frustrating loss to their daddies, aka the Green Bay Packers, Chicago got into the playoffs with the Arizona Cardinals losing to the Los Angeles Rams.
Aaron Rodgers continued his dominance over the Bears even though he had a limited number of drives. The Packers had the ball just three times in the first half yet scored three touchdowns. The Bears also scored three times, but two of them were field goals. The Bears had to grind out their yards and stalled, which caused them to settle for those field goals. Then, early in the fourth quarter, after the Bears converted four fourth downs, they failed on their fifth attempt. That failure took the wind out of their sail and the Packers added two more touchdowns to run away with a 35-16 win.
As mentioned, with Arizona losing the Bears sneak into the playoffs. They take the road to face the New Orleans Saints next Sunday (4:40 PM ET). They hosted the Saints earlier this season and lost 26-23 in overtime. Let’s see what happens now since the Saints have a history of choking in the playoffs.
The Bears improved, but still aren’t true contenders
Even though the Bears suffered through a six-game losing streak, having them stand back up and make it into the playoffs is incredible. Only the diehard fans expected something like this to happen. They rose from the dead and got in, and saved some jobs along the way.
This run shouldn’t save all the jobs, however.
What the Bears did was great, but it shouldn’t sugarcoat the problems this team has. Yes, they greatly improved after their losing streak, but it was evident how far they are from competing against the Packers. With Mitch Trubisky at the helm, the Chicago Bears offense had to grind out yards. On the opening drive, they used 14 plays to go 60 yards to score. They had other drives that were similar. There was a 13-play, 57-yard drive, an 11-play, 87-yard drive, a 15-play, 51-yard drive, and an 11-play, 74-yard drive. They scored a grand total of six points on those long drives. Meanwhile, Rodgers and the Packers kept scoring touchdowns. The kicker’s only job was for kickoffs.
The offense struggled to score touchdowns and that doesn’t work for Chicago to try to compete against the better teams in the league. This season, they beat just two teams with a winning record, and both came on consecutive weeks. They beat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 in Week 5 and then beat the Carolina Panthers 23-16 in Week 6.
That won’t cut it if the Chicago Bears want to be considered contenders.
Changes still need to be made
The Bears ownership might feel compelled to give it another try with this group because of the improvement late in the season. What they did, however, is create fool’s gold. They beat up on some very bad teams. Yes, this is what they weren’t able to do earlier in the season. They lost and/or struggled against some bad teams but all this run did was elevate them from bad to mediocre. Do we want to reward mediocrity?
The offense with Trubisky just looked bogged down. They got two yards here and four yards there. They had a total of 8 plays that went 10 yards or more. Their first two came on consecutive plays with under a minute left in the first half. Meanwhile, Rodgers and the Packers had five of them throughout the first half alone.
We also saw Trubisky’s penchant for throwing a costly interception. After the Bears went on their 15-play, 51-yard drive that ended up with zero points, the Packers marched down and scored a touchdown that gave them a 28-16 lead. On the Bears’ second play of their next drive, Trubisky threw an interception to former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos. The Packers scored another touchdown and a close game became a rout.
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The Bears need to cut their ties with Trubisky and try to draft their next franchise quarterback. We’ve seen enough of Trubisky to feel that he just isn’t the guy general manager Ryan Pace and the Bears thought he’d be for them. Continually waiting for him to become the man holds back the team. Look, for example, at the Miami Dolphins. They spent six seasons waiting for Ryan Tannehill to fulfill their vision of him as the franchise quarterback. While they waited, the team fell apart. They finally decided enough was enough and they shipped Tannehill to Tennessee. He’s blossomed for the Titans, but with the Dolphins moving in another direction, they finished 10-6 this season (though they didn’t make the playoffs). They have their quarterback and now have a ton of picks (through other deals) to rebuild.
Who makes the changes that need to be done?
So if Trubisky leaves who makes the decision on another quarterback? It shouldn’t be Ryan Pace. He assembled this team and he basically put his job on the line for Trubisky. He also chose Mike Glennon and Nick Foles, so he doesn’t have a great track record in choosing quarterbacks.
Chicago Tribune Chicago Bears beat writer Brad Biggs wrote in his recent article that the team might target Kansas City Chiefs’ Director of Football Operations Mike Borgonzi.
Rumors have circulated in the last week that the Bears could target Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations Mike Borgonzi. This is speculation, but I heard this from two unrelated sources in the last few days, and with the Chiefs earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, Borgonzi wouldn’t be available to be hired away until the season is complete for the defending Super Bowl champions.
What’s interesting about this rumor is that Borgonzi and Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy already have a relationship from Nagy’s time in Kansas City. Their pairing could be very good for the Bears. Borgonzi has done a great job with the Chiefs and it’ll be nice if he does it in Chicago as well.
Speaking of Nagy, he could be the one who survives, especially if Biggs’ report turns out true. For his players to still play hard after a six-game losing streak and make it to the playoffs is incredible. His players love him and that probably saves his job. Also, a record of 28-20 and two playoff appearances is still pretty good considering the team’s recent history.
Let’s see what happens with Nagy in 2021. If we see the same struggling team then he’ll follow Pace and Trubisky out the door, just a year later.